Implementation of Flood and Water Management Act examined

26 January 2017

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee launches an inquiry into how effectively the Government has implemented the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

The Committee is calling upon interested parties for views on whether the Government has implemented measures in the Act in a timely, proportionate and effective manner.

This is a short inquiry into specific implementation issues since the Committee does not intend to revisit broad flood risk management roles and governance issues addressed in its previous Future flood prevention inquiry.

Call for written submissions

The Committee invites views in particular on:

  • The effectiveness of Defra's alternative approaches to commencing sustainable drainage systems measures set out in Schedule 3 of the Act;
  • The impact of commencing clauses amending the Reservoirs Act 1975 in respect only to reservoirs with a capacity of 25,000 or more cubic metres;
  • The impact of not commencing clauses on other matters, such as those relating to the liability of those who do not own their residence for paying water bills

Send a written submission

Written evidence should be submitted online via the post-legislative scrutiny: Flood and Water Management Act 2010 inquiry page.

Deadline for submissions

The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines by 20 February 2017. As a guideline submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words.  

The Committee values diversity and seeks to ensure this where possible. We encourage members of underrepresented groups to submit written evidence.

Further information

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